A Housing First Approach Can Reduce Frequency of Emergency Room Visits Among Homeless Adults With Mental Disorders - Homeless Hub Research Summary Series

Though studies have found that homeless individuals use emergency department services three to four times more than the general population, little research has been done to address the ways in which we can reduce this frequency of use. In this study, the researchers test whether a Housing First approach can lower emergency department visits among homeless adults with mental disorders. A Housing First approach prioritizes the need to shelter people, regardless of readiness or compliance.

Emergency department utilisation among formerly homeless adults with mental disorders after one year of Housing First interventions: a randomised controlled trial was published in the International Journal of Housing Policy, 14(1):79-97, 2014

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